Costa Rica honored for “best beaches”

Costa Rica honored for “best beaches”

SANTA TERESA, PLAYA SAMARA, TAMARINDO, PUERTO VIEJO, GULF OF PAPAGAYO HONORED IN THE 2012 TRIPADVISOR TRAVELERS’ CHOICE BEACH DESTINATION AWARDS

San Jose, COSTA RICA (March 20, 2012) – The Costa Rica Tourism Board is proud to announce that numerous Costa Rican beaches were recognized in the 2012 TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice® Beach Destinations awards. Santa Teresa was chosen as the first overall winner, while Playa Samara, Tamarindo, Puerto Viejo and Gulf of Papagayo ranked second, third, sixth and tenth, respectively.

“It’s a tremendous honor for not one, not two, but five Costa Rican destinations to be named to the 2012 TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Beach Destinations awards. We are extremely proud to have the top beach destination in Central America and will continue to develop and nurture our tourism offerings in this segment,” commented Ireth Rodriguez, deputy manager and director of marketing for the Costa Rica Tourism Board.

The annual TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Beach Destinations awards honor the world’s best beach destinations. One hundred eighty-one top beach locations were named around the world, covering 21 regions including lists for Africa, Asia, Australia, Brazil, Caribbean, Central America, Europe, France, Greece, India, Indonesia, Italy, Mexico, Middle East, South America, South Pacific, Spain, Thailand, Turkey, U.K. and the U.S.

Award winners were determined based on the most highly rated beach destinations by travelers in TripAdvisor reviews.  Unlike any other honors, TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice winners are based on millions of valuable reviews and opinions from travelers around the world.

“The winning beaches have joined an elite list of destinations that have been singled out for recognition from the votes of our millions of travelers for the natural beauty and leisure services that they provide,” said Christine Petersen, president, TripAdvisor for Business. All those involved in the local tourism industry for the winning beach destinations should feel very proud.”

About Costa Rica

Nestled between the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific Ocean, Costa Rica is located in Central America between Nicaragua and Panama. The country represents only .05 percent of the planet’s surface but shelters almost 5 percent of the world’s biodiversity and 3.5 percent of the world’s marine life. Costa Rica is home to three UNESCO World Heritage Sites, four types of forest, 12 microclimates and more than 500 species of flora and fauna, with more than 26 percent of its territory comprising national parks and other protected areas, making the country one of the most popular sustainable tourism destinations in the world.

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